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Lego Ship in a Bottle!
About this creation
I came up with the (what I thought) was a fantastic notion of building a Lego ship in a bottle and decided to run with it. So first, I did a Google search for "Lego Ship in a Bottle" and alas someone had done it before! (here)

But what's that to stop me! So I purchased a large bottle of $7 jug wine, attempted to drink it but it was just too awful so I poured it down the sink. I filled it part way with floral resin and glass beads to give myself a flat surface to work on, and put together a set of make-shift tools to do the job. These are the tools I ended up using:


I designed the entire thing in Bricksmith and devised a way to build it back to front using only bricks that were able to fit through the neck of the bottle (mostly 2 pegs wide, but also plates that were 3 pegs wide). Then I got building!

I documented it in video for your enjoyment:


If you live in Germany and can't watch the above video (or you just hate the song), you can see it in silence here



I just want to say that I have been absolutely blown away by the response to my video. I am honored to have been blogged on Brother's Brick, Gizmodo, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Wired.com and the many other websites that have posted links to it. I really never expected more than a handful of people to find this interesting!

To all the music haters, I realize the song gets irritating, but really I don't think it's as bad as you're making it out to be! And as for the second sail, I did knock it off trying to rotate it to the right position. I didn't try putting it back in because I didn't want to miss and knock something else off the boat.



Comments

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  December 18, 2012
That takes a lot of patience. Good for you!
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  September 18, 2012
That's awesome. Such creative project. You must have a great deal of patience! -LB Senior
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  September 27, 2011
Great project. One of the earlier comments reminded me of a joke: Bob the proctologist was getting sick of his job. One day, he got a teabag with a quotation on it that said "If you ain't the lead dog, the view is pretty much the same", and he thought about his own job and its view, and decided to give it all up. He's always wanted to be a mechanic, so he signs up for some night classes at the local VoTech. Exam time comes, Bob takes the test, thinks it's pretty difficult, but has a good feeling about it. The next week he gets his results in the mail. He looks at them. "150% Huh?!, there's gotta be a mistake somewhere." He brings the results into his teacher the next day. "Mr. Johnson, I think there's something wrong with my exam grade. It says that I got 150%". "No Bob, that's the correct grade." "How can that be?". Bob said. "Well the first section was tear-down, you got that perfect. The second section was rebuild, you aced that too. Everything was within tolerance, perfect job." Bob looks a little confused, "But that could only equal 100%". "I know", said Mr. Johnson, "But I gave you an extra 50% for doing it all through the tail pipe."
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  July 6, 2011
Your creations in a bottle caught my eye. :) Clever idea & if I ever need sugery I want you to be my surgeon...hee, hee! Great fine motor skills! When I taught Alg I & Phy Sci I used to have a measuring & volume lab/activity called "Horse in a Jar"...the jar was a peanut butter jar & all it did was hold the horse so my students didn't loose the parts!
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  May 5, 2011
Hey Julia, I liked your cool movie! Your ship reminded me of this cartoon from last summer: http://thedailyfunnies.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/07-20-10-dog-eat-doug.gif We're probably not going to brickfair in DC this year, but hope to see your creations at some other event. :)
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  April 14, 2011
Very creative, I don't think I'd have the patience to get this finished!
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  April 9, 2011
Wow!!!
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  April 8, 2011
That does not look easy, great work!
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  April 4, 2011
Amazing! Well worth the time and effort. I'm jealous I didn't think of this. Well done! :-)
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  April 3, 2011
Thank you very much! You really are very patient.... respect!
  April 2, 2011
Just awesome. I'd love to build one myself, but alas, I do not have the patience required. I imagine the frustration factor must be off the charts! I applaud you! Nice skills!
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  April 2, 2011
Quoting Valentin K. I really love it! But I can't see the video here in Germany.....because of the music copyright :( Is there an other version, without music...so we Germans can watch it too!?!
Sorry about that! I posted a version without the sound here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V75fR54z4Vk
 I like it 
  April 2, 2011
I really love it! But I can't see the video here in Germany.....because of the music copyright :( Is there an other version, without music...so we Germans can watch it too!?!
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  April 2, 2011
woah! amazing work! i love it!
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  April 2, 2011
Wow! Impressive!
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  April 1, 2011
very neat trick!!! cool technique, classic and professional look! gorgeous work!
  April 1, 2011
Excellent design! I have built a wooden ship in a bottle and thought of doing something similar with LEGO, but I doubt I could do as well as you. BTW you have to drink Carlos Rossi with a 50/50 mix of fruit punch. Don't ask how I know these things. LMAO
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  April 1, 2011
The ship is very nice besides but the fact that you built it in a bottle is very impressive. I would never have the patiance to do some thing like this. Amazing job!
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  April 1, 2011
very creative.
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  April 1, 2011
Looks like that last mast gave you some trouble. ;) Excellent work!
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  April 1, 2011
Beyond believe! Maybe not the first but still a pretty original idea, and you did a good job on the ship itself too.. You're a patience person I guess ;-)
 I made it 
  April 1, 2011
Thanks everyone for your kind comments!
Quoting Austin Durick wow how did you do that with only a few sticks
I have NO idea :-) it's still surreal!
Quoting Jay Rhum This is so clever! I think you're the first one! Bravo
I can't take credit for being the first, Jeremy Moody did it before me!
 I like it 
  April 1, 2011
This is so clever! I think you're the first one! Bravo
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  April 1, 2011
now way, that's awesome
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  April 1, 2011
Great, that must have taken forever!
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  April 1, 2011
Extreme awesome!!!
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  April 1, 2011
Clever!
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  April 1, 2011
I think the time you spent on this project reeally payed off: the whole creation looks amazing!
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  April 1, 2011
wow how did you do that with only a few sticks
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  April 1, 2011
Do I need to tell you how awesome that is? :D That is gorgeus!
 
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